NAACP takes aim at Tea Parties
What's missing from this picture? Oh that's right, racism
This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," July 14, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GLENN BECK, HOST: America, I'm kind of rehashing all of this because I'm setting something up for next week. And next week, you really have to watch because I think I found their blueprint and I'm going to — hopefully, next week I'll be able to have it all ready for you and show it to you.
But the one thing you cannot do is play into their hands: They need you to be angry. They need you to be racist. They need you to push back. They need you to grab a gun. They need you to get angry. Don't do it.
Relentlessly been called racist by the press, by politicians. Now, the NAACP adopted a resolution condemning the racist elements of the Tea Party. Well, I'd do that, too, if I knew where they were.
The resolution initially said the NAACP would repudiate the racism of the Tea Parties and stand against the movement's attempt to push the country back to pre-Civil Rights era.
They scaled it back. NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous wrote: "What we take issue with is the Tea Party's continued tolerance for bigotry and bigoted statements."
What statements are those? I haven't seen any.
There are racists in every organization. There are racists everywhere. There are racists everywhere. There are racists in the NBA. There are racists in NASCAR. It's a human condition.
They should be discredited if there are racist people in the Tea Party. They should be discredited. I will help you do it. Where are they? Stand in truth and the truth is the movement is not about race. It's reducing the size and scope of government. And gosh, it's not — it's not only me who thinks so. Watch:
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DENEEN BORELLI, PROJECT 21 FELLOW: The NAACP is nothing but a puppet. They're a puppet organization right now, because they're pushing race politics and it's wrong.
TEXT: "The NAACP no longer represents the impoverished minorities oppressed by the cruel boots of institutional racism. Well, NAACP, I'm a part of the Tea Party movement. Call me a racist." (Rich Holt, Project 21 member)
DAVID WEBB, TEA PARTY MEMBER: The NAACP, in its march towards irrelevancy as an organization, needs an enemy to maintain its power base.
TEXT: "Unfortunately, this once-proud organization has transformed into a political wing of the progressives and frequently does their dirty work." (Akbar Shabazz, president of Shabazz Enterprises)
LISA FRITSCH, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: The NAA finds itself not aligned with the Tea Party as it should be and promoting the advancement of black people with individual thought of mind and following their own convictions. But sadly, they find themselves aligned with this radical and fanatic New Black Panther Party who is also coming out and on a mission to depict the Tea Party as racist.
TEXT: "They have become a political organization for the progressives and that is a shame because so many blacks still view them as a civil rights group. Unfortunately, this is a status they abandoned a long time ago." (Jimmie Hollis, Project 21 member and tea party organizer)
TEXT: "The NAACP should be about freedom of thought, expression and existence for all people. Instead, NAACP seems desirous of only protecting thought and expression that agrees with them. I think that is wrongheaded." (A. Dozier Gray, Project 21 Member)
TEXT: "They act as a police group for racial bigotry but only as it pertains to black people. If they were truly concerned with the advancement of people of color, they would be Tea-Partying." (Robin Martin, Project 21 member and blogger)
PASTOR C. L. BRYANT, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: The descriptions that they make of us are false and superficial. In fact, they're out and out lies.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's right!
BRYANT: We are not racists!
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No!
BRYANT: We are not haters.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No!
BRYANT: But there is one thing that we are: We are angry!
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes!
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BECK: Anger — anger is understandable, but it is not going to get us anywhere.
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